Solitaire – Book Review


By Alice Oseman

Published: 31st July 2014

Rating: ★★★

20618110In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

A friend of mine has been trying to get me to read this book for a while as she really loved it and thought that I would love it as well, which spoiler alert I do!

Solitaire is about a girl called Tori who has depression but doesn’t really know/recognise the fact that she has it, personally, I think it because of all the things that have happened to her family and especially with one of her brother’s Charlie. Tori barely have any friends and the one she does she doesn’t really talk to her much.
When the new school year start so does two new boys (which I thought was going to turn into a love triangle) Lucas is an old friend of Tori’s from primary school and doesn’t seem to know how to act around her considering how much she has changed. The other boy is Michael who everyone is telling Tori to avoid as he seems to be an outcast and makes trouble at school.
At the same time as the two boys starting the school a new blog has become popular called Solitaire, as first, it starts off as small pranks but quickly gets out of hand.

At the same time as this going on Tori’s brother has a relapse with his eating disorder which sends Tori into a tailspin with him. In all honesty, this book is quite choppy in the storyline which I think is because depression effect’s memory so this is a true representation of how someone would remember the events throughout the day.

As I said previously the harmless pranks from solitaire slowly get worse it starts off with fireworks going off at a music event which seemed harmless at first until Tori and some other background characters get injured from the fireworks being too close. You do find out who is behind solitaire and there is a big event where Tori almost dies but I am trying to get better and not completely spoiling the events of the book (not sure its completely working)

All in all, I did enjoy this book and found it a fast read considering the topic of the book, I am going to pick up more of her work but it’s not a priority for me at the moment as my TBR shelf is humongous (like always). It honestly seemed like someone looked into my brain as a 16-17-year-old and wrote a story from there as what the character was feeling was surreal and familiar to me.
What were your thoughts on this book? I would love to have a discussion with people about it.

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Sunshine and Biscotti Club – Book Review

Sunshine and Biscotti Club

By Jenny Oliver

Published: 19th May 2016

Rating: ★★★★★


Moving to Italy to set up a baking club is a dream come true…

…until Libby catches her husband cheating just weeks before The Sunshine and Biscotti Club opens its doors.

With the first wave of guests set to arrive any day, Libby has no choice but to tie on her apron and get set to bake. But with a dash of sunshine and a sprinkling of old friends, Libby’s kitchen nightmare might just become the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

After all, you can’t bake biscotti without breaking a few eggs…

I received this book from a book subscription box called Thoughtful Books, who offer a range of subscriptions to choose from like preloved books which this book was at a really good price. You can also choose new releases or a mixture of the two, I think next time I will choose to have a mixture of the two books. When you receive the book it comes all nicely packaged up in some recycled wrapping paper, red twine and a little note from the person who sent it to you. The funniest thing about this book was that I had just taken it out of the library to read so I was ecstatic to receive this in the post.

So let’s get started on this book, I don’t usually read romance or chick lit books but I do seem to have a soft spot for those that are set around some kind of bookshop/bakery/cake shop. It is centred around a group of friends who all have some kind of personal trouble, Libby’s husband has just left her and her hotel after she found out that he had been cheating on her, Eve’s marriage was on the rocks and Jessica was a workaholic. There is a couple of guys in the book but it does revolve around these three especially. At first, the relationship between Libby and Eve was strained as it had broken down due to Eve having kids and Libby’s growing fame on her food blog and Jake (her husband) being slightly controlling. As the gang help her fix the hotel Libby goes from being the person that Jake has made her into, back into the person she used to be and starts to make her own choices.

Libby had also started to create a baking workshop that was going to be run on the hotel property but when she decided to give it a test run with the group it had turned into a disaster after everyone had basically gotten their heads out of their asses it went really well. After Libby and Eve had got their friendship Eve had encouraged her to open herself up on her blog as she had created this persona of herself to the point that she had almost lost herself to it.

Eve had become obsessed with comparing her life to the other mum’s in the village and with peoples lives on the internet, she also runs her own perfume company but hadn’t made a new fragrance in the last couple of months, which meant that she was losing business. At first, she wasn’t going to go until her husband sat her down and told her that he felt that their marriage needed a break and encouraged her to go to Italy and help with the renovation of the hotel. When she turned up an old friend called Jimmy was there and they used to have an on/off again relationship when they where younger, these feelings come back for both of them to the point where Eve almost has an affair with him but stops herself when she realises that she doesn’t really want him she was Peter who is her husband.

Jessica is a workaholic at her own advertising company that she co-runs with another friend called Dex, Jessica is also in love with another one of her friends called Miles but he had married someone else and she never moved on. Dex convinces her to go to Italy to help Libby with him as she needed some time off, whilst there she is confronted with her feelings with Miles and near the end of the book she realises that it is the guilt of what she had said to his fiancé before the wedding more than being in love with him. Also whilst renovating the hotel a local bar owner (Bruno) takes a fancy to her, which she also reciprocates but it scared of starting something with him as she lives in New York and he is in Italy. When she returns home she has stopped being the uptight workaholic and becomes more open to new opportunities and the people she works with. She then gets surprised by Bruno who has a sister that lives in New York. When the book jumps forward a year it turns out that they have started a relationship together and both split their time between New York and Italy.

It turns out that Jessica was not the only one to be in love with one of her friends, Dex was in love with Libby from the moment that he had met her but never got the courage to say anything to her until it was too late. During his time at the hotel he gets the courage to tell her his feelings but makes it known that he doesn’t expect anything from her, in the flash-forward she approaches him and basically tells him that she would like to start a relationship with him.

Like all chick lit/romance books it does have a happy ending for all the characters but there was a couple of spanners that had been thrown in that made me wonder if they were going to have a happy ending. I have planned to read more of Jenny Oliver’s work and I am happy to report that they also revolve around some kind of bakery which makes me very happy.

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Jay xx

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet – Book Review

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet

By Becky Chambers

Series: Wayfarers #1

Published: 13th August 2015

Rating: ★★★

24956528Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

First of all, we have to talk about how beautiful this book cover it is something that I wish I had taken as it is gorgeous. This is probably going to be a short review as I don’t want to spoil too much of the book as this is a book best going into blind especially as it is more focused on the relationships between the crew than it being action-packed.

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Children of Blood and Bone – Book Review

Children of Blood and Bone

By Tomi Adeyemi

Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1

Published: 6th March 2018

Rating: ★★★★★

34728667 Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled

– Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

When I first started this book I was a bit wary as it was surrounded with a ton of hype and I had really high hopes, but I am happy to say that I absolutely enjoyed this book from start to finish to the point where I didn’t want to put it down.

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All The Light We Cannot See – Book Review

All The Light We Cannot See
By Anthony Doerr
Published: 23rd April 2015
Rating: ★★★★★


For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic

layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth,
In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

From the start of this book, I knew it would be something that I really enjoyed as the writing style really flowed, and I found myself trapped in this world. At first, I thought that this book would be heavy on the romance and be a kind of Romeo and Juliet type story but I was glad to be proven wrong.

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